We are proud to announce that four of our scholarship recipients graduated from tertiary-level institutions this year, having been supported by The Wai Foundation since secondary school.
Nukaya Annet Gombura Waigo is our first graduate from the Health Science Training Institute (HSTI) in Juba. On December 16, 2016, she was awarded a Diploma in Clinical Medicine and Public Health. In a long letter of thanks, Nukaya wrote “I am glad and extremely excited to express my happiness to you all. I always advise my fellow girls to work hard, telling them about how I became successful among the lucky girls who got this help you [DWMCF]. We have formed our association [the DWMCF alumni], and I am among the advisors. We are praying that God will help us so that we reach our objectives, goals and visions”.
On October 21, 2017, the second of our tertiary-level scholars graduated from Health Science Training Institute, Juba. Juru Jackline Laya also received a Diploma of Clinical Medicine and Public Health. Sister Lily writes about “the jubilation as those gathered shared in the joys of their daughters and sons [despite] the difficult times they went through.” Jackline graduated at the top of her class of 69 students. Her early life had been arduous, especially after her father was killed in battle in 2012, and her mother abandoned the family. Since then, Jackline has been responsible for the care of her siblings, even after they were displaced to the refugee camps in Uganda. In an appreciation letter from Jackline to the Board, she reveals that “if all goes well, I would like to join the college of medicine in time to come”.
Juan Winnie holds the record of having received our support for the longest period of time. We have funded Winnie’s studies through secondary school, then for two more years for a diploma in Journalism, and for four years more at Christian University, Mukono, Uganda. On July 7, we received more than enough in return when Juan Winnie graduated from Christian with a B.A. in International Relations and Governance. Sister Lily, who represented the Foundation at the ceremony reported: ‘It was the graduation of a simple poor young woman, whose determination won everyone’s heart.” Raised by a single mother in a small rented room on the outskirts of Kampala, the mother and daughter paid for their upkeep by selling roasted groundnuts in the streets. Tears flowed freely throughout the graduation and a reception organized by her mother’s small prayer group. All those who spoke mentioned the suffering and struggle that both mother and daughter had endured.
Another of our secondary-school graduates, Julia Aluel Mario, has succeeded in graduating from a tertiary-level school – without our funding, but thanks, she says, to the mentoring she received from Sisters Caterina and Lily. When she graduated from high school, Julia was married off by her uncles. Undeterred, she convinced her husband to let her continue with her education to become a nurse. She has received a diploma in midwifery and is now back practicing her craft in her home community